In Denmark, 16ᵗʰ – 18ᵗʰ centuries, a small unit of mass originally part of the skålvægtens (scale weights) system, = ¼ lod = 1/128 skålpund.
The pre-1683 kølnerpund, the lybske pund and the Copenhagen skålpund were all divided into 32 lod. Taking
A statute of 31 March 1615 required the use of the Copenhagen pund throughout Denmark (probably the Copenhagen skålpund). Decrees of 1 May 1683 and 10 January 1698 defined the pund as the weight of 1/62 cubic fod of water, which would be about 496 grams, making the kvintin about 3.875 grams.
By the King's Order in Council, 20 August 1839, the pund was redefined as 500 grams. In 1861, the kvint was legally redefined as 1/100 pund, so the kvint = 5 grams, and spelled qvint. Denmark's adoption of the metric system in 1907 ended the qvint.
In Sweden, a unit of mass in the viktualievikt system, = ¼ lod, about 3.321 grams. Before the 1906 spelling reforms, “kvintin” was spelled “qvintin”.
In Sweden, in the system used for precious metal and coins before 1830, a unit of mass = ¼ lod. 1 kvinten was about 3.291 grams. After the 1906 spelling reforms, “qvintin” has been spelled “kvintin”; however, the older spelling was in use during the entire period when the unit was in use.
In Denmark, Norway and Sweden, a unit of mass used for precious metals and pharmaceuticals, about 3.656 grams, ¹⁄₁₂₈ of the Nurnberg pound.
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